Mark Lewis Professor Emeritus University of Maryland

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Dr. Mark J. Lewis is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland, and the immediate past Director of the IDA Science and Technology Policy Institute (STPI), a federally funded research and development center. Prior to taking charge of STPI, Dr. Lewis served as the Willis Young Professor and Chair of the Department of Aerospace Engineering at the University of Maryland. A faculty member at Maryland for 24 years, Dr. Lewis taught and conducted basic and applied research. From 2004 to 2008, he was the Chief Scientist of the U.S. Air Force. From 2010 to 2011, he was President of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics (AIAA).

Dr. Lewis attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where he received a Bachelor of Science degree in aeronautics and astronautics, Bachelor of Science degree in earth and planetary science (1984), and both a Master of Science degree (1985) and a Doctor of Science degree (1988) in aeronautics and astronautics. He is the author of more than 300 technical publications and has been an adviser to more than 60 graduate students. He has also served on various advisory boards for NASA, the Defense Department, and the Air Force, including two terms on the Air Force Scientific Advisory Board.

Dr. Lewis is an Honorary Fellow of AIAA, as well as a Fellow of the Royal Aeronautical Society, a Fellow of the American Society of Mechanical Engineers, and a Member of the International Academy of Astronautics. His awards include the DOD Exemplary Civilian Service Award, Meritorious Civilian Service Award, Exceptional Civilian Service Award, the IECEC/AIAA Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Air Force Association’s Theodore Von Karman Award. He was also recognized as an AIAA National Capital Young Scientist/Engineer of the Year, an Aviation Week and Space Technology Laureate, and the AIAA Dryden Lectureship.